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Reconsidering investment strategies for haj funds

  • Lukman Hakim

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Jakarta   /   Fri, February 1, 2019   /  09:07 am
Reconsidering investment strategies for haj funds According to the Religious Affairs Ministry, almost 40 percent of the haj funds have been invested in sukuk and project-based sukuk since 2010 under an agreement with the Finance Ministry. (Shutterstock/File)

The establishment of the Haj Fund Management Agency (BPKH) in August 2017 was very strategic for improving the quality and efficiency of our haj fund management. 

The existing haj funds should be more professionally managed by investing them in more productive assets, indubitably while observing sharia and prudential principles. The change in investment strategy is needed so they would gain higher returns, which would be beneficial both for the owners of the funds and the government, including for anticipating the increase in the cost of the haj in the future.

The haj funds currently managed by BPKH amount to about Rp 110 trillion (US$775.69 million) and have an annual return of about 5.5 percent. The funds are raised from millions of people who have paid deposits to go on the haj.

Almost the same rate of return is targeted by the BPKH fo...

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